How to Make Blueberry Exfoliating Scrub

Find your facial treatment in the produce section instead of the soap aisle.

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You know that blueberries taste pretty good in your cereal or oatmeal, and they make a nice afternoon snack, but you may not know that they’re pretty darn good for your skin, too. Blueberries are high in natural vitamins and minerals that can make your skin look and feel healthy. You will also save a ton of cash over those expensive exfoliating scrubs you get at the cosmetics counter, and let’s not even get into spa treatments! So go the DIY route; your skin and bank account will thank you.

Benefits of Blueberries

Nobody wants to get older, and even if you don’t mind aging, you don’t want your skin to look older! Blueberries are very high in antioxidants content and vitamin C, and antioxidants help to protect your skin. Antioxidants get rid of free radicals, which are oxygen molecules that can break down collagen and elastin, and can make you look older than you really are. High vitamin C content helps to stimulate the production of collagen while working to minimize fine lines.

Making Blueberry Exfoliating Scrub

Making your own blueberry exfoliating scrub is easier than making, well, blueberry pie! A few minutes before you’re ready to use the scrub, put 2 tablespoons of blueberries in a small mixing bowl and mash them with the back of a fork to make as smooth paste. Add 1/2 tablespoon of jojoba oil and 2 teaspoons of ground almonds to the blueberries. Stir the mixture up with a wooden spoon and let it rest for about 10 minutes at room temperature.

Using Your Scrub

Rinse your face with cool water, then get about half of your blueberry scrub on your clean fingertips and rub the mixture into your forehead in a circular motion, working downward toward your cheeks and chin, getting more of the blueberry exfoliating scrub as necessary. After gently massaging the mixture all over your face, rinse your skin with cool water to remove the sugar and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Don’t rub – pat. Rubbing can irritate your skin.

Considerations

Before you slather your new skin care weapon all over your face, you need to make sure you aren’t allergic to it. Chances are, if you’ve eaten blueberries without a negative reaction, you’re going to be fine putting them on your skin. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. Test a little bit of the mixture on your skin before you put it all over your face, especially if you have sensitive skin that is prone to irritation.

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